I am the only person I ever met who found a career at a university’s career planning office. The astute career counselor at the University of Michigan asked me which of my courses I enjoyed the most (science) and what I was good at doing (writing). It still amuses me that I hadn't put the two together on my own.
I recently relocated from my long-time home of Brooklyn, New York, to our second home in Dubois, Wyoming, with my husband Mark. We have a son and a daughter.
My parents were both musicians who taught at universities in the Midwest. One reason I love science is because it came as a revelation in high school. Almost nobody in my family knew anything about it.
I have lived in Europe twice, first in London and later in Frankfurt, Germany. In London, I worked at the magazine New Scientist. In Frankfurt I spent a great deal of time researching the life of Ottmar von Verschuer, the architect of Nazi eugenics, in preparation for my second book Unnatural Selection.
I play the flute, the viola, the violin, the mandolin, and the piano. I love to hike.